Board Members

Dan Pedersen

Position: Director

Location: Atlanta, GA

Organization: The Atlanta Speech School/Buffett Early Childhood Fund (Retired)

Daniel J. Pedersen is the Sr. Advisor of The Atlanta Speech School and was from 1999 until 2012, founding president of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, which invests in early childhood practice, policy and knowledge to ensure a better start for very young children growing up in families facing the greatest odds.

Steve Rohde

Position: Deputy Director

Location: Baltimore, MD

Organization: Maryland Family Network

Steve Rohde is the Deputy Director for Resource and Referral Services for the Maryland Family Network (MFN, a merger of Maryland Committee for Children and Friends of the Family) and the Maryland Child Care Resource Network.

Tonja Rucker, Ph.D.

Position: Director

Location: Washington, D.C.

Organization: The National League of Cities

Tonja Rucker currently serves as the Principal Associate for Early Childhood Development in the Institute for Youth Education and Families at the National League of Cities. She is responsible for providing primary program support for the Institute’s work in areas related to early education.

Taran Schneider

Position: Director

Location: Denver, CO

Organization: Healthy Child Care Colorado

Taran Schneider is the Director of Healthy Child Care Colorado which is part of a nationwide initiative coordinated by the American Academy of Pediatrics to ensure that early childhood programs and health professionals adhere to the highest health, safety, and wellness standards.

Laurie Tarpey, CPA

Position: Chief Financial Officer

Location: Reston, VA

Organization: Public Interest Registry (PIR)

Laurie Tarpey is the Chief Financial Officer at Public Interest Registry (PIR), a $90 million nonprofit in Reston, Va., which manages the 10 million+ domain names using .org for their website address extension

Barbara A. Thompson

Position: Director

Location: Washington, DC

Organization: Office of Family Readiness Policy

Barbara A. Thompson assumed the duties of director for the Office of Family Readiness Policy within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy in September, 2006 and retired in January 2017.

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